When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a gothic Victorian building in Edinburgh, which is scheduled for renovation, Cold Case Squad detective Karen Pirie is given the task of identifying the decades-old bones. Her investigation leads her back to past conflicts, false identities and buried secrets...
©2014 Val McDermid (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
"McDermid remains unrivalled... Brilliant" (Observer on Cross and Burn)
I love Val McDermid's books but, although intelligently written, I found it a boring story with too many surplus to requirements characters
Half way through, I was longing for it to end. I failed to find a character I could like and follow with interest.
I love history, crime and thrillers, biographies and almost anything by the BBC.
The discovery of a skeleton on the roof top of a high building in Edinburgh leads to an investigation which soon takes us back to the Balkans War of the nineties. This was the most interesting part of the book as a retrospective of the War and the crimes committed during that period inevitably lead the reader to question how and why such atrocities occur and no doubt will occur until the end of time. On the one hand we are faced with that part of human nature which we think civilisation can shield us from. The institution of Justice is perhaps the highest human achievement to counter balance our more savage instincts. The story argues against taking the law into one's own hands no matter how badly a criminal has behaved. The plot is weak as a thriller and quite frankly it was easy to guess the connections between the protagonists very early on unlike other works by Val McDermid. I would recommend this book if you are interested in the Balkans and want to understand more about the complications of the different cultural problems of the region.
The narrator is excellent apart from a very weak characterisation of a Welshman whose accent was very strange to my ears.
Listened to the first 90mins and could take no more
Sorry for being so negative but his book was really not for me
I found this boring. It started promisingly with the discovery of the body and some pleasant character details. However, it rapidly transformed into an unconvincing international conspiracy with plenty of details about office life and unremarkable or unbelievable characters. Not for me.
I find that less than a week after listening to this story I have no recollection what ever of the story, the characters or the resolution. This can't a good sign I think, for me or for the quality of the story telling.
Perhaps. Not a stand out performance.
No. I don't think there is any danger of this happening anytime soon.
I wonder why it was called the Skeleton Road? I must have missed that.
Enjoyed this audiobook, somewhat different than the usual. Great performance by the narrator, very informative on the Balkans. recommend it.
Whilst I normally enjoy books by the author this one felt like a lecture in the Balkan War and took too long to get to the point even though it was obvious who the skeleton was / why. Dull and tedious..
But definitely not one of this author's best. I felt the book couldn't decide what it was; murder detective story or war account and then it ended up satisfying neither. The ending was also unnecessarily unhappy for no real plot purpose.
"The Skeleton Road - Highly Recommended!"
Val McDermid does it again, fantastic story line that keeps you riveted right to the end. Cathleen McCarron, as the narrator, must be, in my humble opinion, one of the best narrators I have heard. Her ability to make the listener "live" the story is unbelievable. I will certainly look out for other books she has narrated.
In summary a brilliant storyline excellently narrated. Highly recommended!
"I started thinking with a Scottish accent"
I love Val McDermid's books and have been a fan for a long time. This did not feel like her other books, it seemed to take a very different direction. I would recommend it to people but would manage their expectations that it is not typical of her other work.
I loved it. I admit I was hoping for a happier ending but the story didn't build to an "and they lived happily ever after" scenario. That said, it didn't have a sad ending - it ended the best way it could.
Amazing at accents
Yes it was. It was depressing at times and I felt so much compassion for the protagonist, I kept hoping things would look up for her. The story was very intriguing and had some interesting surprises along the way.
Val is a master at her art. I did find Cathleen's Scottish accent quite heavy and not always easy to follow. After a few hours, I started thinking with a Scottish accent. :-) I almost fell over when she read dialogue of American, European or English characters because her accent changed dramatically. She is very good at that. She gave an excellent performance.
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